When Your Past Visits Your Present

Time is an impartial judge and a very harsh teacher.

We get old too quickly and get wise too late.

Time and chance happen to everyone, but your decisions, choices, dreams, and drive are great determinants of your future.

Reality is deaf and dumb; it can see all your excuses and challenges, but it does not respond. You have to face it and act, or it will stare at you in the future without commenting. Only you and those around you will be running the commentaries. Pass all the blames, give all the excuses, and reality will just be staring at you. Confront reality early in your life so that it does not make a mockery of you later in life.

I suspect I was the only one, resident in a mud house, with two illiterate parents, amongst my classmates, who came to GCU from Warri, 50 years back. I confronted the reality of poverty and inferiority complex head-on. We were about 7 who read medicine from my class. One is a cardio-thoracic surgeon, another an orthopaedic surgeon, and yet another, an anaesthesiologist of global repute. But I intentionally chose to be a general practitioner and a businessman.

I intentionally decided that my son would be a medical specialist and had always wished that my sons marry medical doctors.

My wife would always tell me not to preach around Nigeria without having evidence to show for my so-called motivational speaking. I used to insist that the buildings at Petra Christian Academy reach an impressive standard. I would tell them that my friends will come from all over the world to visit Petra Christian Academy. The past has come visiting.

My wife lived in one room separated by “crossbed” with her elder sister in a compound that shared a short fence with my classmates called Okotie Lawyer and Okotie Doctor at Urhobo Road in Alderstown Warri. If you listened carefully to the video you will hear him telling my classmates how I used to sneak to come to see my wife then (the one with eyes like Tinubu). The past came to visit the present.

All fingers are not equal but don’t be the smallest one. Even if you are the smallest, be a functionally relevant finger with an attractive manicure.

My wife and I resolved, worked very hard and smartly, and by the grace of God, when the past came visiting, it did not meet us where and how we used to be.

There is a place called THERE, there are many legitimate ways to get THERE.

I was not aggressively intentional until I was 40 years old and God’s grace enlightened and empowered me.

God Bless You.

Don’t Make Your Children Inherit Your Insults

Jews were despised and maltreated in Europe and America, but one generation decided to end the insult. Jews are now treated with dignity and the nation of Israel will always say, “Never again!”

I have gone through these pictures and others, several times, since I got them.

There were very insulting situations I experienced in life while growing up that I never wanted my children to experience.

1. There is a sense of inadequacy and complex that poverty tends to impose on you, when you come in contact with children from elite homes.

My wife and I ensured that we worked very very hard to break the yoke of poverty and inadequacy that we experienced from our poor backgrounds. It did not take place at once, but it was a concerted effort at pulling down the image and structures of poverty. The images and structures are attitudinal and dispositional. It was a deliberate and consistent effort at filling the social gaps we inherited.

We sacrificed a lot so that they could get the best education. We never compromised on education. We sold a lot of landed properties to train them in Europe. We had to send Ufuoma twice to Massachusetts in the United States from Europe to work and get the American Experience.

We were living very frugally, then, and till now.

People called us all kinds of names. We refused to respond. At a point, my mentees in Ughelli were ridiculed. Today, they are admired and desired instead of being derided.

When they told my father to marry another wife because he had only two of us, boys, and my elder brother was mentally retarded, he said he would not get an erection unless he finished training me as a medical doctor. He never wanted the insult of illiteracy to be transmitted to the next generation.

The dish you want to cook determines the ingredients you buy.

2. After graduation as a medical doctor, the father of my colleague in the Warri Central hospital asked me, “Whose son are you?”

He wanted to know my pedigree.

There was nothing to boast of about my father. He was a gateman in a hotel. He was a refuse collector before then. I left a mud house at No. 12 Oki Street, Okere, to the University.

I turned round and cursed the mud house as I was leaving, that may none of my descendants ever live in a mud house. That was 1979; I was 20 years old. When I got back to the doctors quarters, I swore that nobody would ask my children that same question without a matching answer.

I deliberately decided to build the name, Apoki Charles, into a brand. I wanted my name to go before my children.

My eldest son called me from the airport when he was going to Europe, “Daddy, someone knows you here”.

3. One rich man once told my father, when he could not pay my school fees, when he was retired, that he should not have sent me to an expensive school like Government College Ughelli.

My father cried bitterly. When I saw my father weep, I swore that I must never experience that with my children.

One day, I needed to deliver a lecture in a place, and it was one of the descendants of that family that held my walking stick.

4. A young lady once told me that she could not marry me because we were not in the same social class.

She wondered how she would introduce me to her father. Many years later, the father was so excited to meet me when I sent for him to come meet me in his pastor’s office, where I was a guest preacher. Today, my children can marry into any class and any race.

Don’t fight those who insult you; get insight from insults. Do the needful and produce results. That’s the best way to answer them.

Don’t hand over insults as an inheritance to your children.

I have received a lot of insults and mockery in life, but I have learnt to pay the price for the prize.

Great results are the best answer for insults.

My prayer for you is to get insights and grace to silence your mockers in Jesus’ name.

God Bless You.

A Time For Reasonable Voices to Speak Up Loud and Clear in Nigeria

There are somethings that struck me with this conversation.

1. The problems of Nigeria are based on deliberately-orchestrated misconceptions concretized in our minds all over Nigeria.

2. We tend to suffer from the problem of stereotypical labelling of people.

When I called for a taxi, and I heard Abdul as his name, I was a bit uneasy, thinking I would find it difficult to relate or communicate with him. In each of us, we have this attitude, and our reasoning is coloured by the past.

Abdul turned out to be very respectful and intelligent. I asked why, as a Fulani, he was hustling like any other young Nigerian at Abuja with his level of education? He told me that like every society, there is an elite class of exclusivity; if you are not part of it, you don’t get a bite from the national cake. He shocked us by the fact that even though his father is a highly-educated Fulani, he insisted that from the age of 9 years, he must earn what he would spend on himself. As an only child, the father did not spare the rod. His father was a very strong disciplinarian.

3. He informed us that not all northerners are Hausa, not all are Muslims, not all Muslims are religious fanatics.

I knew this before now. He also said that there are more than 300 different languages in Adamawa State alone.

Now check this, just before stopping at the car park at the Abuja airport, he dropped the last bomb. His mother was a Christian and his father a Muslim. His mother was not Fulani, but of another tribe in Adamawa state. If a Muslim and a Christian can marry happily, why can’t we live peacefully?

4. You might not like this especially if you did not experience the civil war that ended in 1970.

His grandfather told him that those clamouring for war have never experienced war and its devastation. I added that most of those clamouring for war really don’t have any tangible assets outside their immediate localities, and many don’t even have anything to lose.

5. The representative of the speaker of the Zamfara House of Assembly stated clearly that the investments of Southerners in the north are enormous.

He equally stated that there are some peaceful Fulanis that know no other place than where they were domiciled. I met some at Abakiliki, one whose grandfather was born there. He opined that the northern part of Nigeria needs the southern part, just as the Southern part needs the northern part of Nigeria.

There are more reasonable people in Nigeria from different tribes than the troublemakers.

Abdul is young; his ideas might be utopian to some of us, but I feel that we, who love peace and progress, should raise our voices beyond the current “tale, told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” according to Shakespeare.

Let the voices of reason, peace, and unity speak more loudly from all segments of Nigeria.

Remember Yugoslavia after Tito.

We can still salvage Nigeria.

Those who know what is right to do should please act quickly.

God Bless You.

Bridging The Gap Between Two African Generations

1. In the Facebook video, my visitor was surprised at the ease with which I picked his call, and he had free access to me.

If we, who are older, more experienced, and privileged, do not make ourselves, knowledge, networks, failures, and hopes available to our children, they will be led astray by the exploiters of Africa, both local and foreign.

2. If we don’t invest in our young people, there will be no good harvest to expect from them.

3. I do not run after my generation.

For 30 years now, I have always run ahead of them to invest in young people—the future. They are my technical experts, my advisers, and partners. They are IT savvy, energetic, and adventurous.

They have also turned out to be my ambassadors in several nations of the world.

4. My last child, Ese Apoki, rightly said, that African parents don’t entrust things to their children (and I will add youths) early enough.

They run with the baton until they collapse or drop dead. Then they confuse the next generation, who do not know whether to pick the baton and run competitively with other races, or resurrect their fathers, mothers, or leaders.

Africa is ruled by ancestors and ancestor worship. Many of those were worship are political, economic, religious, and intellectual ancestors.

We need fresh ideas.

5. The old-time religious activities we adopted from outsiders must be revisited.

How come the places and people where Islam and Christianity came from are developing, but we in Africa are hungry, always at war, sick and poor?

We must read our Bible and the Koran with our eyes and minds open.

I see a greater Africa.

It’s in her People.

God Bless You.

Imperfection is a Potential—The Dr. Charles Apoki I know [2]

By Dennis Agori

On 27th April, 2020, I made the first part of this post (The Dr. Charles Apoki I know) on the account of his 61st birthday

This is an account of the second part. 

Yes, it is an unforgettable moment for me as my father, friend, and mentor as Dr. Charles Apoki took me to his farm to teach me more of his methods and memories.

It is a privilege I didn’t take for granted, as we happily worked together, and discussed key issues of life, some of which are in the videos of this post.

Today’s adventure gives more credence, in my opinion, to the major philosophies of Apoki brand:

1. The principle of gradualism 

We are imitators of God, who didn’t create an all-perfect world at once. 

It is the kro-kro-kro approach—The Philosophy of the Ant. He didn’t acquire this expanse of land in just one day. 

Those who look for perfection, and a perfect time to start, most likely, never start.

2. Practical Models 

Great mentors are models. 

At first, I was reluctant to work because I haven’t worked on a farm for a very long time (not that I like it, though). But when I saw Dr. Charles Apoki bending down to pluck cucumbers, and stretch his way to check everything around, I just couldn’t hold back. I had to work and it was exciting. 

He showed me the way without speaking a word. 

Most men talk too much, but do too little.

3. Get Your Family Involved 

It was more exciting as Ese Apoki joined us on the farm. He worked too. 

When it rained, it rained on all of us. 

Back home, Ejiro Apoki and Mrs. APoki were making contacts for buyers of the farm products. 

That’s a great lesson I have learnt from him before time—it is necessary to get as many members of the family involved to keep on the legacy.

There are other intimate lessons I may not share here, but I have few questions for our emerging youths: 

How close are you to the men and women you should learn from? 

If you are close, are you available and committed when it matters most? (I had to be available and forgo other things to learn at the master’s table). 

Do you trivialise the strength and network of your mentor? 

The answers you get are lessons in themselves. 


Making The Days Count

I want to use this medium to extend my profound gratitude to all my friends, partners, and well-wishers from all over the world, who sent their goodwill messages and prayers to celebrate my 61st Birthday. I was not able to personally respond to each message on social media. I hope you understand my dilemma. I also received personal calls and gifts. I’m overwhelmed by your show of love.

As you have celebrated me, God will also cause people to celebrate you in Jesus name.

As you get older, I noticed that the days run faster, and years seem like months, and the months like weeks. Ironically, there are so many dreams and visions still waiting to be fulfilled. There is also so much demand on your time and resources.

When you hear that your classmates or schoolmates transit into glory, you sometimes worry why there is all the struggling to achieve set objectives? Then you hear of older people transit to glory, and you look at what they achieved in life, and you wonder if you can get to your objectives before that age bracket. Also, you hear of people still breaking records very late in life.

There are times you see people you could have ended up like, and you know you don’t really deserve to be who you are and where you are now. You feel you are not thankful enough; it could have been different. There were things that happened and those that did not happen that could have made the story different. 

As the days roll by, many things are not the way they used to mean to you. Sex, cars, clothes, food, and trips to foreign nations don’t seem to excite me as before. 

Many people desire that I contest for political office, I don’t have the appetite to be a President, Governor, Senator, or minister, not to talk of being a commissioner. I don’t want to continue the hustle and bustle anymore. 

The lockdown showed how physically and mentally tired I was. I could not read books and the Bible, or even pray as I used to do before. I spent today on my farm with my last child and third son. I have not spent such time with him since he left for Europe about seven years back. It’s been so nice having a child at home with us. 

I want to invest more in humanity and in the land. Young people and the soil are the most profitable businesses to invest in. I thank God I started very early as a Youth Sunday School Teacher about 30 years back. Nearly all those I taught are married now with children, and they are all over the continents of the world doing great exploits. I had a slogan of raising up the next generation. I will continue the drive to raise one million Africans who will be better than me in all ramifications. 

We plan to have a unique tertiary institution and finishing school for the next leaders of this country. Agriculture, ICT, Entrepreneurship training, and leadership training will be our focus. We will also have an Early Child Education center.

My appeal to young people is for them to make maximum use of their intellectual capacities; do a great deal of your hustling when you are before my age bracket. Read as much as you can read, pray as much as you can pray, invest as much as you can, and be as frugal as much you can be when you are younger. Make as many networks as you can make when you are younger. Avoid recklessness in food, fermented drinks, fashion, fantasies, females, fast life and flashy lifestyles. 

Pay the price when you have strength and time. Become a brand with time. Branding is building reputation, generating positive discussions around you, and producing results. As you get older, your money will work for you, people will work for you, more intellectually competent people will think for you, and you will oversee them.

Old age is expensive and can be excruciatingly painful without money and comfort. Old age is not the time to learn high jump or somersaulting. Old age is not the time to be shouting, “I receive!” 

Plant the trees, you want to sit under or eat their fruits when you are older, now. What I am doing now is the attempt to fulfill the scriptures that says, “A righteous man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, and a good name is better than riches”. 

Only evil men and women fear what people will say about them when they are dead. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones—William Shakespeare. And I will say the good they have done live in the hearts of men. 

Once more, thanks for your love. 

I want to thank those who are partnering with the production of this post and those who share the posts in different nations. 

God bless you.

The Death of Abba Kyari—Nigerians Hardly Learn. [Lesson 2]

In the first lesson of COVID-19, we considered the prediction of a dynamic decade between 2020 and 2030 where many events will take place, and nobody will be certain of what to do. It will be overwhelming for several nations and people, because they have not prepared for or anticipated such events in such magnitude.

Abba Kyari was the Chief of Staff to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was one of the politicians that we mentioned in the first post.

From information gleaned from online, he was a Sociologist, Lawyer, Journalist, Banker, and an administrator. He schooled in some of the best universities overseas from Warwick, Cambridge, to Harvard University. Most times, however, western education and certificates hardly change the Nigerian mindset. If foreign education, certificates, and courses can translate to development, Nigeria would have been one of the most developed nations in the world.

At one time, he was called the de facto president of Nigeria. The wife of the President had several running battles with Abba Kyari and his household. Some of the battles even came to the public domain.

A few weeks back, he tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 virus on a return trip from Germany and Egypt. He was subsequently flown to an undisclosed private hospital in Lagos for some weeks before the announcement of his death on Friday, 17th April, 2020. I decided to make this case the subject of our second post.

1. We always want to politicize every problem

He was reported to have gone to Germany to discuss with a company on improving electricity supply in Nigeria. For how long will we be making electricity supply a campaign issue. If the electricity supply issue in Nigeria was properly handled when Buhari was a military Head of State years back, or during his first tenure as a civilian president, he would not have needed to go to Germany at the time coronavirus was spreading in Europe.

I might sound naïve, but we keep leaving problems unsolved till they become emergencies. How much effort and money have we wasted in the false campaign of improving electricity supply since the days of Obasanjo.

2. Nigerians Never Get Tired of Public Office

Abba Kyari is not a young man, he should be in the upper echelons of my age bracket in his late 60’s. We have been recycling the same old people in public office in Nigeria. Abba Kyari had occupied several prominent offices both in the public and private sectors. He must have made a lot of money in life. He was known to have difficulty in breathing and was said to be diabetic. Why couldn’t he sit at home and enjoy his retirement?

What does he know about electricity? Is he the minister in charge of power?

Many nations of the world have young people as their leaders, even conservative UK. If countries like the United States of America keep recycling old politicians like Donald Trump, they will soon lose their relevance in the global arena.

A nation like Nigeria ruled by retired people will have a population tired of their leaders.

3. A problem you don’t solve now might haunt you in the future

Nigeria has some of the best medical doctors in the world, but some of the most terrible hospitals in the world. A 42-year-old billionaire died a few days back from a liposuction surgery because of power failure. The public power supply failed and the hospital generator couldn’t get started. He was a former governorship candidate in Bayelsa State in the recent elections.

Millions were budgeted for the clinic in the presidential villa, but the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari said there was no paracetamol in the clinic.

The medical records of Abba Kyari were rumoured to be in the hospital in the UK where he usually goes for treatment. Tragically, no nation was ready to accept him. The doors of the nations where they keep their money, where they buy mansions, and where they go to do parties and rest were shut against him.

If there was a good hospital in the northern part of Nigeria, including Abuja, he would not have been flown to Lagos. Imagine the extra cost, stress, and risk of exposure to the virus, in the airport and the private hospital.

Let me quickly say that the Nasarawa State Government recently bought brand new cars worth 500 million Naira. I don’t think they have up to 10 ventilators in that state.

4. Died Alone, Painfully, and Buried Ordinarily

I was watching the video of his burial recorded by AIT. It looked very ordinary, despite all the wealth, all the power, and all the manipulation usually associated with politics in Nigeria.

When he returned to Nigeria, like the typical Nigerian big man, he refused to self-isolate. All the political sycophants and parasites were crowding around him to shake him. They did not know he came with the “touch-and-follow” disease.

It was risky to touch his corpse during the burial; the handlers had to wear protective gears. This was somebody people struggled to embrace a few weeks back.

5. Vanity Upon Vanity

Where are all the cars? Where are the very expensive wristwatches? People will be afraid to even wear them.

What of the accounts in different denominations? We might never know where they are. His family might not have access to them. I love Muslim burials; they are very simple and humbling. If not for COVID-19, Abuja would have been shut down; but he was buried like any other person, in a public cemetery, in a shallow grave.

He missed an opportunity, like most Nigerian political elite, to write his name in gold.

6. Most Nigerian Politicians Are Globally Irrelevant

Despite the so-called power Abba Kyari wielded in Nigeria, at the time of writing, no international news media gave it as breaking news. I only saw it on a Nigerian news channel. As far as the global news channels are concerned, he is an insignificant person.

If you can’t make your nation great, and make great contributions to humanity and your race, with all your wealth and influence, you are still treated like trash globally.

7. There Is No Discrimination in Times of Desperation

He was from the North, but he died in the south. Most probably, those who treated him were predominantly Christians. Religion and region did not matter. The poor have recovered very well from the public isolation centres in Abuja and Lagos. However, private hospital treatment did not make any difference. Who knows his last minutes and his last thoughts?

Hopefully, our religious brothers and sisters and Muslims will learn to take this unseen enemy seriously. It is not a scam. It has no respect for race, religion, regionalism, relationship, or office.

Ironically, Nigerians hardly learn.

There are claims that there was no social distancing during his burial, and there was at least one man without protective gear. One of those who buried him was video-recorded disposing his protective gear somewhere just beside his car in the open. He subsequently opened an SUV and drove off. A poor man will pick it and go home to infect his family and friends. Nigerians don’t take things seriously especially religious folks and the political class. From the size and model of the SUV and his beards, the fellow looks like an Imam. He could not be a poor man for his stature and his car. If, unfortunately, I am right, imagine how the infection will spread. Such burials have been a great source of spread of COVID-19 in the USA.

Even in the distribution of relief materials to the poor and the less-privileged, people will still embezzle money and ‘corner’ coronavirus relief materials.

Stay at home and stay safe.

Read the next lesson: Captain Tom Moore—The Elasticity Of Humanity.

God bless you.

If A Rose Must Grow From A Rock

Lessons Of My Life

Roses are adorable flowers. I suspect that they were “domesticated” over time. Most of the ones in gardens have the soil well prepared for them. However, there are wild Roses with beautiful flowers and natural aroma.

Some of us are wild roses that fell on rocky foundations.

I realized very early that my “soil” was a hard rock. I knew very early that the soft road was not my portion. I knew very early that I must germinate before I would grow.

I did not follow the pathway of my mates; I had to find the cracks in the rock. I knew I needed to grow before bringing out flowers.

God helped me, and Igbo Land (in Aba) gave me a good place to incubate.

Manufacture Yourself Before You Market Yourself.

I knew my challenges, but I was shown the pathway to germinate. That route was education.

I knew I was not intelligent in the real sense of intelligence. I read a subject matter over and over before I understand it.

I don’t have a good memory, so I don’t quote many scriptures when I’m preaching.

My handwriting is terrible, so I write sometimes with capital letters.

I had P7 in English language, but I managed to credit Literature in English. Because of that, I deliberately set out to read many books and I study television broadcasts. I learn from those who speak well on a daily basis.

I have learnt to hold on to the rock and go the extra mile.

I don’t take most of these “Panadol messages” that excite Pentecostals. I want to know what I will do, and I will fold my sleeves and work hard.

Germination of a business or ministry is the most difficult part. Growing it is not easy too. Flourishing, most times, is by those who run with your vision.

The customers are still coming. I can see a great future from this Garden of Gethsemane.

rose rock

God Bless You.

Parallel Truths

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The earth is formatting itself, having a necessary reset-not just the natural part of it.

Several things, systems, structures, and societies will never be the same again as a result of this corona virus pandemic.

People are going to question a lot of belief systems, even in our denominations.

A lot of things and persons and organisations are going to lose relevance.

If you are wise, this is a time of sober reflection, re-evaluation, and restrategizing. It is also a time of restraint. The irony is that persons who should keep quiet and reflect are still sticking to their old perceptions of how people see them.

Many people have lost faith in many people and many organisations. We need new ideas and truths to operate in this period and afterwards.

I had built my businesses on the Base of the Pyramid Theorem by C. K. Prahalad.

Out of the about 7 billion people on earth, about 4.5 billion people live at the base of the pyramid (BoP). This theorem postulates that if you can target the needs of those at the base of the pyramid, that you will create a lot of wealth and be socially relevant. It also postulates that the poor are consumers with values; so to be relevant to them, you have to give them good products at affordable prices, and they will patronize you.

That is what I have been teaching and it is very correct. There is even a center for it headed by Ted London in Michigan University, where C.K. Prahalad lectured.

However, another truth dawned on me during this lock-down.

If I had to sell my chickens, then I needed to reach the elite who are online. They can drive down to pick their chickens. They can pay by electronic transfer even in the lock-down. They are not likely to be harassed by security agents, They, or their wives would not want to go to the market with the fear of corona virus.

I had to break the barrier of space and time-the formula of ministry and business without boundaries (Ambassador Raymond Orogun Ugbeh).

I also noticed that the neatness of your birds attract the elite class. So, I have been selling online; though they come to pick them. Some persons placed orders from Lagos and the UK for their mothers, who are resident in Ughelli. My post on this blog was read from several nations including Saudi Arabia and India.

The other parallel truth is that people are coming to buy eggs more during the lock-down. At least they will need eggs for breakfast. Eggs might not be as expensive as the birds, but everyone eats it.

In summary, the Base of the Pyramid Theorem is correct, but also producing for the elite is also correct. I will work with both of them.

My radio program, every Wednesday, by 6:30 a.m. on Quest FM 93.1, was suspended because of the lock-down. The studio now opens by 12 noon. So, after the knockdown, I will need to find a way to broadcast online.

Think outside what you have been used to.

Relate with new people with the latest and relevant ideas and information.

God Bless You.

The Nigerian Youth

The picture above shows me with the then-Governor of former Bendel State, Professor  Ambrose Alli on 21/6/1982 at a cocktail party in the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” 1 Samuel 17:28-37

As you must have suspected, I borrowed that coat and the shoes I wore. I just clocked 23 years in April of that year. However, there was no unnecessary or hypocritical prostration or shouting, “I am loyal oooo!”

All the students were scared of going close to the Governor, even the owner of the coat was afraid of approaching the Governor because of his security aides. But I stepped forward and started chatting with him.

This is what civility should be. This is what being a Nigerian youth should be.

Any time I am reluctant to make a move or confront somebody, I always remember this incidence. I tell myself that if you stood before a governor in borrowed robes, why can’t you stand before this person?

That is why I preach with boldness no matter where I am and who is involved.

I am hardly scared of challenges. I have had to deal with inferiority complex that poverty wanted to force on me. I have had to deal with shyness and fear of crowd.

Prayers you should pray as a youth:

1. Pray that God will bring you in contact with people of substance.

2. As you take a step of faith, God will clear the obstacles on the way.

3. What you do not have will not prevent you from stepping out of the crowd.

4. The God that saved me from timidity, shyness, and inferiority complex will fill you with boldness and excellence in Jesus name.

May God give you a testimony this month that will be a reference point of His mercy in Jesus name. Amen

Go and be the best Nigerian youth that you can be.

God Bless You

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Don’t forget to attend Word and Wisdom Conference coming up on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019.